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Elephant tusk dating back 17M years found in southwestern Turkey

Elephant tusk dating back 17M years found in southwestern Turkey
Tusk oldest mammal fossil ever found in Denizli, says member of excavation team

By Mustafa Degirmencioglu

DENIZLI, Turkey (AA) – An elephant tusk dating back 17 million years has been found in southwestern Turkey, scientists announced on Saturday.

The prehistoric tusk was discovered in Buldan in the Denizli province, along with fossils from an estimated 38 different species, said the excavation team.

A group of paleoanthropologists, geologists and students carried out the surface survey under the coordination of the Culture and Tourism Ministry.

The tusk is the oldest mammal fossil ever found in Denizli, Ahmet Ihsan Aytek, a paleoanthropologist at Burdur Mehmet Akif Ersoy University, told Anadolu Agency.

"We’ve identified an important horned animal species, especially at a newly discovered site in Sazak. We will document this with further research,” he added.

* Writing by Gozde Bayar

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